THE story of the raising of the Salt Ship in
2004 up to its display in one of the main galleries of Nantwich Museum
in 2006 is recorded in a video made primarily for the
But it was decided to put it on
sale to the public and you can buy a copy from the Museum Shop. Available as a DVD, "Ship Ahoy" contains behind-the-scenes footage as the story
Watch as the salt ship is
raised from the sticky mud that preserved it; see what is on the site
now; visit the workshop where the ship was preserved; see its return to
Nantwich; and attend the launch at a special ceremony in the Millennium
Gallery - all from the comfort of your armchair.
The full-colour video is in 4:3
format - although some earlier scenes were shot in simulated widescreen
and appear within the 4:3 format in a "letterbox" setting. It runs for
approximately 38 minutes. All proceeds are for Nantwich Museum funds.
NOTE: A Salt Ship is not something that
sailed (any more than a gravy boat sails!). It was an oak tree trunk hollowed out to hold brine until it was
boiled to release the salt. To learn more about the Salt Ship go to:
"Congratulations on the production of an
excellent DVD explaining all that was entailed in the exhibition of the
Nantwich Salt Ship. I would like to wish everyone concerned with the
Museum continuing success in their preservation of the area's history.
We all need to ensure that the little 'gems' like the Salt Ship are
preserved and not lost for ever." - Cllr Howard Curran, former Mayor
of Crewe and Nantwich, who officially launched the salt ship exhibit.
"The DVD is a very fine record of this
rather unusual project and a good memento of the work we did in York" -
Jim Spriggs, former Head of Conservation at the York Archaeological
Trust where the Salt Ship sections were treated to preserve them.
Outlet: Nantwich Museum.
The video is duplicated by
Downstream of Nantwich.
The drawing of the salt house on the video
cover (above) is copyright 2007 Nantwich Museum; Cheshire County
Council; and Mike Ritchie.